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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Paul and the others are stopped outside of the Authority enclave by what?
2. Della suspects that what source of intelligence is being altered?
3. Who drags Paul from his damaged vehicle?
4. As he works to complete the attack on the Authority bobble generator, Wili is torn by what desire?
5. Mike realizes that an Authority vehicle of what type was destroyed by Wili's bobbles?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Mike decide to embobble himself?
2. Why does Avery believe the Tinkers should be wiped out?
3. Why does Wili lose contact with Jill during the final approach to the embobbling position?
4. What happens during Della's attack on the pass?
5. What is Wili's assessment of the situation with Mike and Della?
6. How does Wili predict where the embobbled tenement building will go?
7. What sacrifice does Jill make for Wili?
8. Why does Mike contact Della, and what information is exchanged?
9. How does Mike feel about losing Jeremy inside the bobble at the bioscience lab?
10. How are Paul and the others able to travel to the Authority enclave in secret?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Avery, the leader of the Authority in its base of power, the west coast of the United States, begins the novel as a suspicious but effective leader. As events progress, he slowly looses his grasp on sanity, and it becomes clear he has allowed his obsessions to get the better of him.
1) Discuss Avery as a character and a leader. What are his most important defining traits, what makes him an effective leader, and how did he come to a position of power within the Authority?
2) Describe the obsessions that plague Avery and how he struggles with them. Cite examples of Avery either overcoming or being defeated by these obsessions and describe how these events affect his psyche.
3) Explain Avery's final descent into madness, its causes, and its effects on the final conflict with the Tinkers.
Essay Topic 2
The Authority is a world-spanning organization that maintains control over most of the globe through aggressive use of the bobbles, which it has exclusive access to. Although it ostensibly exists to maintain peace throughout the world, it also causes a considerable amount of human suffering and carries out various immoral acts.
1) Discuss what the Authority is, and how it came to power. Explain its organization, goals, and resources.
2) Describe the ways the Authority harms humanity through its restrictions on technology and its aggressive maintenance of the peace.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to maintain public support for its rule, despite its despotic activities and harsh restrictions.
Essay Topic 3
At the end of the novel, the world has been totally destabilized by the destruction of the Authority as a cohesive organization. Although Paul, Wili, and the others have accomplished what they set out to do, they express concerns about what effects their actions will have on the world at large.
1) Discuss the major events that occur at the end of the novel which will have a major impact on the stability of the world. Describe the causes of these events and how closely they conformed to Paul's plans.
2) Describe the major political and military powers that exist outside of the Authority, and how they are likely to react to the power vacuum created by the bobbling of the Authority enclave.
3) Speculate, using information from the book, about how the characters remaining at the end of the novel will act to stabilize the world.
4) Based on the situation and the possibilities you have discussed so far, make an assessment as to whether or not Paul and the Tinkers were justified in their plan of action against the Authority.
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